Sadio Mane was brilliant as he scored the winner to help Senegal make this year’s final of the African Cup of Nations in Cameroon after their 3-1 over Burkina-Faso on Wednesday at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde.
Defender Abdou Diallo scored the first goal for the party for the 2019 losing finalists when he calmly slotted in from close range on 71 minutes.
Aliou Cisse’s side had two penalties awarded in the first half, only for the Ethiopian referee to change his mind both times following a VAR review. However, they went ahead just after the midway point in the second period when Paris Saint-Germain defender Diallo popped up in the box to produce a striker’s finish.
The first semi-finals was a great showdown as the West African derby lived up to expectations.
The second arrived on 76 minutes as Mane provided a superb assist for Gueye, also of PSG, to score, and Mane completed the win late on after Blati Toure had pulled a goal back.
Africa’s top-ranked national team, Senegal, will find out their opponents in Sunday’s final on Thursday when hosts Cameroon take on Egypt in the second semi.
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